“ Type: Pasta „
Its great having a meat- and cheese-free alternative to baked beans but this could be so much better. The sauce is thin and the pasta soggy and worst of all its sweet. Not what I expect of a savoury food. Would the makers of this please consider reducing its sweetness?
SAINSBURY'S RAVIOLI (IN TOMATO SAUCE).
Sometimes i fancy a change from beans or tomatoes on my toast, so picked up a couple of cans of Sainsbury's Ravioli in my local store.
You will ned to use a can opener on this can, as it doesnt have a pull back ring can, mind you i myself personally dont like the pull backed ringed cans purely because i cut myself once, and find it easier to use an electric can opener ( yes i know thats cheeting) but it makes life a little quicker and easier for myself, now back to the can. It is Recycyable, so thats a good thing.
It costs 33p, and it has a label on the front with Sainsbury's Ravioli written in white against a Blue background, and comes in its own tomato sauce. It is Pasta filled with meat, its kind of minced up ,minced meat of some sort, and i do like this particular brand, cheap but still ok.
I did think that the tomato sauce could have been a bit thicker, but it wasnt too spicy or bland, like some of the other supermarkets cheaper brands i have tried.
The Pasta Squares were ok, not too thick and the filling wasnt at all bad, did feel that the sauce could have been a little better just a little bit more thicker, but other than that it was nice pasta.
I had some on a slice of Tiger Bread toasted, and a whole tin easily serves two people.
I sometimes use Ravioli to add with a plate of Fishfingers and Chips, when cooking for my grandchildren a snack lunchtime meal, as i think it makes a change from beans, and for other obvious reasons.
Yes not bad, i have had the real Ravioli in an Italian Resturant and thats a meal in itself, but these cans of ravioli arnt bad, and i will be buying them again.
The Cooking **********
Of course you can cook this the old fashioned way in a saucepan on the hob, or just pop into the mircrowave for five minutes.
My Tip ********** Be careful to cover the dish with cling film, if you dont want bits to spit up and mess your mircrowave up, makes for easier cooking a bit of the old cling film.
Thanks for reading and rating my reviews, i will only be rating this a four golden stars because i think they could improve the sauce a little bit.
As a lover of all things toast bound I do occasionally (and I mean occasionally) get fed up with jam, marmalade, peanut butter or pate. I'm not a good cook so I eat toast for most meals to be honest if it's left up to me! So when I was in Sainsbury's I knew I was having toast for my dinner that night and set about looking for something different to use as a topping when I saw this and realised that I hadn't had it in donkeys so I purchased it.
To be found near the baked beans and tinned products. The can is 400g made of recyclable steel. It has a dark read label around it and a photograph of the ravioli on the front. I'm clearly told what it is and who it is by and also told it is made from fresh pasta and has the healthy living symbol on it and told it is low in fat. On the back I'm told cooking instructions, ingredients, nutritional information, serving suggestion and a number for a customer care-line (freephone number). On the bottom of the tin your given best before date and this tin has no ring pull so it opens via a tin opener. The product is exactly how it appears on this review photograph.
On the Hob.... 5-6 Minutes.
To Microwave.... 5-5 1/2 minutes
Once opened keep refrigerated and consume within 24hours.
Well I emptied mine from the can into a bowl and heated up in the microwave for 5 minutes. The first thing that struck me was how much 'juice' there was. My ravioli didn't quite float but looked like it wouldn't mind! The juice covered my ravioli!
Product was piping hot and the sauce was bubbling. This can says there's enough for 2 servings but me being greedy and not wanting to have to eat it again the following day (and variety is the spice of life after all!) so I had the whole lot!
Appearance wise it looks quite nice. When you open the can and empty it, and when it cooks there's a nice smell of like a tomato soup. There's loads of ravioli packed into this can. The ravioli are square and bitesize with like perforated edges that look like you imagine proper ravioli should.
Taste wise though the whole thing is a little bit bland. Firstly the pasta is a little on the slimy side and coupled with the plain tomato sauce being quite thin in consistency it's all rather flavourless. The pasta squares are meant to have fillings and I had to open mine up with my knife to see if there was any in there cos I couldn't taste it (the filling is beef and vegetables). There are little dark clumps of food stuff (not alot) and when I tasted that without the pasta there was no flavour to it at all. The only good thing was that as yo eat the ravioli it doesn't all slide apart and make a mess so they are fairly strong.
It's all much of a muchness and maybe I shouldn't have tried to eat whole can at once cos talk about bored stiff! The pasta did taste like pasta but was a bit chewy although it looked slimy but that overpowered any other flavourings that this was trying to achieve. As I said bland. It needed some seasoning within the product. The sauce needed a bit of bite to it and it had none at all.
This is not awful. It's edible and probably suited to people with fairly plain tastes. For me it missed something and was all a bt sloppy.
On the upside it is so economical and it's really filling! (I wouldn't recommend a whole can to anyone though!)
I would buy it again as I didn't hate it but I'm sure there's better ravioli out there and I will continue my quest lol
Ingredients..(for people interested)....
Cooked egg pasta, Tomatoes, Water, Sugar, Beef, Breadcrumbs, Modified Maize Starch, Onion, Vinegar, Flavourings, Salt, Carrot, Vegetable Oil, Spices, Spices Extract.
Contains egg, wheat and gluten
Nutritional Values.... Per Half Can
of which is sugars 8.8g
of which is starch 21.2g
of which is saturates 1.0g
Serving Suggestion (off can and worth looking into if you fancy pepping this up a bit lol)....
Before heating stir in chopped fried mushrooms, green peppers or crispy bacon with a sprinkling of herbs. Also delicious served on a bed of cooked courgettes or leeks, topped with breadcrumbs and grated cheese then grilled until golden.
33p per tin only in Sainsbury's.